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Closure of Norwood Ave/Convocation Ave: 30 Mar - 6 Apr

We have been informed by B&NES Council that it intends close Norwood Avenue and Convocation Avenue between 7am & 7pm from 30 March for up to a week in order to resurface the road.

Thousands sign up for Making an Impact MOOC

5,264 people have signed up to our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Making an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals.

Listen: Janet Scott on material waste of mobile phones [9:42]

Dr Janet Scott (Chemistry) was interviewed on BBC World Service radio.

Thinking about research impact? New IAA funding: 24 Mar

Researchers are invited to the lunchtime launch of the second EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) on 24 March 2015, 12.30-1.30pm, in CB3.9.

What Europe’s hopeful left can learn from Latin America

Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein writes for The Conversation

Recent academic promotions

Congratulations to all those who have been promoted/translated

Straw built eco homes receive Passivhaus accreditation

As a result of the world leading research from our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, the construction method used in the UK’s first commercially available straw eco homes has been recognised by industry for its energy standard, being awarded the prestigious Passivhaus accreditation.

New Chair appointed to lead Bath water research

Dr Jan Hofman has been appointed to lead our new Water Innovation & Research Centre: WIRC@Bath.

Student Shows at the Edge & the Mission Theatre

Shows this week - Much Ado about Nothing; Bath's got Talent; Chinese Variety Show; Fit Steps.

Is it anxiety or epilepsy?

Professor Paul Salkovskis (Psychology) describes the similar symptoms of panic attacks and seizures in a Mail Online article.

Political risk in Turkey in 2015 seminar: Wed 11 Mar

This seminar about the political paths and dangers that Turkey is going to face this year.

Science PhD students come first & second in regional FameLab

Overall winner Emma Sackville (Department of Chemistry) will compete at the national final on 22 April in London; Annelisa Sadler (Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology) finished a close second at the event held at Techniquest, Cardiff.

Why UK should heed a warning from US over defence spending

Professor David Galbreath and Simon Smith (PoLIS) write for the Conversation.

Is a new craft of dying emerging in the digital age?

Professor Tony Walters from our Centre for Death & Society writes for the Conversation.

Underlining the value of university research for policy makers

Watch a recording of Lord Eatwell's recent lecture: ‘Why is policy making so difficult today?’ that he gave on campus.

Rachel Rose Jackson blogs for Guardian Sustainable Business

Research suggests British American Tobacco has undue influence over the Kenyan government and is in breach of WHO tobacco convention.

Underlining the value of university research for policy makers

Watch Lord Eatwell's recent lecture on the challenges and opportunities for policy making.

Why not attend a free lecture in March?

Our public lectures are open to all staff, students and members of the local community.

Bernie Morley to be our new DVC & Provost

Professor Morley will take on the post from 1 May 2015 for a five-year period

Watch: Juan Pablo Ferrero interview on Aljazeera

Lecturer in Latin American Studies discusses Argentina's controversial court case.

Life Forces - contemporary dance: Tue 3 Mar

Jane Mason & Phil Smith perform Life Forces at the Edge.

Unregulated expansion of higher education costing millions

Roger King (School of Management) writes for The Conversation.

ACE research featured on The One Show (watch from 02:35)

Dr Andrew Thomson and our straw bale housing research were featured on the popular show on BBC One.

We’re obsessed with zombies – which says a lot about today

Local electricity could meet half our needs by 2050

Research conducted by nine leading UK universities and jointly led by our University, has found that up to 50 per cent of electricity demand in the UK could be met by distributed and low carbon sources by 2050.

Nominations open: University Teaching Awards

Staff and students are invited to submit nominations by 5pm on Friday 20 March 2015.

New molecule could slow the progression of Parkinson’s

A team of scientists led by Bath has developed a peptide that sticks to the protein that causes Parkinson’s disease, stopping it from killing brain cells. The research highlights a potential new route for slowing the progress of this incurable disease.

New molecule could slow Parkinson's

Our researchers have designed a molecule that, if developed into a drug, could slow the disease

Business Objects unavailable Mon 2 Mar

Business Objects will not be available all day next Monday 2 March 2015.

PhD student? Enter the 'Three Minute Thesis' competition

Prof David Galbreath on the Ukraine crisis: The Conversation

New Vice President appointed

Steve Egan CBE will begin his new post as Vice-President (Implementation) on 1 May

Explainer: what is the Arms Trade Treaty?

PoLIS PhD student Andrea Delgado writes for The Conversation.

Share your love of your research through stand-up

Science Stand Up is an evening of science-fuelled fun, and we're looking for postgraduate students and researchers who'd like to perform a piece on their research or something fascinating in science.

Meet the researchers taking their science to parliament

Three early-career researchers from the Faculty of Science have been selected to take part in the 2015 SET for Britain poster competition on 9 March.

IMEE students celebrate IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

Esther Dunstan-Sewell and Sam Mason have been recognised as engineering rising stars.

Dr Richard Cooper lectures in Malaysia

On 16-17 February Dr Richard Cooper (Biology & Biochemistry) provided an intensive course on the mechanisms of crop plant diseases involving pathogenic microorganisms.

Join VC for lunch and talk on social science in the UK

Discuss the future of social science after the general election over lunch on 12 Mar

Disconnection of water to 1S, 2S, 3S & 4S: Wed 25 Feb

Wessex Water has identified a water leak on campus.

Free public lecture on Sustainability

A free public lecture on Thursday 26 February will explore how professionals can best develop their own sustainable development strategies for their employers or own businesses.

It's the Students' Union Go Green Week

Chemistry strengthens Bath-India research links

The Department of Chemistry welcomed visitors from India last week to discuss and undertake research on functional textile systems.

New tobacco directive 'most lobbied dossier'

The latest study from the Tobacco Control Research Group published in BMJ

Dispute over South China Sea could put East Asia at war again

Timo Kivimaki, Professor of International Relations in PoLIS, writes for The Conversation.

How Greece's euro stalemate is hurting currency markets

Bruce Morley (Economics) writes for The Conversation.

New tobacco directive 'the most lobbied dossier' in EU history

The latest study from the Tobacco Control Research Group has focuses on industry lobbying of the 2014 European Union Tobacco Products Directive.

University celebrates its place in the Universe

Our place in the Universe, and using mathematics to make sense of big data will be topics discussed at two free public lectures as part of the University's annual Founders Day celebration on 3 March.

Listen: John Troyer talks about QR codes on gravestones

Dr John Troyer, Deputy Director of our Centre for Death & Society within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, speaking to BBC Somerset's Emma Britton for the Breakfast programme.

Fairtrade Fortnight on campus

Events, offers & giveaways featuring ethical products & environmental efforts

What are the icebergs saying?

Researcher Philippe Blondel has been listening to the story of climate change

Our research findings could help halt deforestation

Experiments from our research labs suggest that a little-known yeast has nearly identical qualities to palm oil without the environmentally harmful side effects.

Listen: Pejman Iravani discusses robots on Radio Bristol

Robotics expert Pejman Budman (Mechanical Engineering) discusses the development of robots and what the future holds on BBC Radio Bristol following Southmead hospital being the first in the UK to use robotic porters.

Steve Wharton discusses Lib Dem manifesto

An article in The Conversation: Lib Dem manifesto tries to offer something for everyone.

Peter Lambert's inaugural: Thu 26 Feb

The priest, the coup & the party: Paraguay’s elusive search for democracy

A36 closure Claverton to Dundas: 2 Mar - 16 Jun

A section of the A36 will remain closed to traffic throughout the works and will be accessible to residents only.

Leidenfrost maze video features on SciShow

Footage of a video made by Bath researchers to demonstrate the Leidenfrost Effect is being used in an online science programme.

Citizens suffer in Argentina crisis: The Conversation

Séverine Deneulin (Social & Policy Sciences) discusses the paradox that one of the strongest forces distorting and undermining Argentina’s integrity is an intense culture of loyalty.

Security challenges in Northeast Asia

Korean Ambassador HE Sungnam Lim will give an IPR lecture on Thu 12 March

Secured - Campus wins crime prevention award

Security Services are pleased to announce that the department has been re-accredited with the Secured Environments Award on behalf of the University.

Listen: Dr Rachel Hiller interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire

Dr Rachel Hiller from our Department of Psychology discusses research with the ESRC-funded PROTECT (Parental Responses to Child Experiences of Trauma) project.

Yeast as palm oil alternative: The Guardian

An article about research by Professor Rod Scott (Biology & Biochemistry) and Dr Chris Chuck (Chemical Engineering) to create a sustainable alternative to palm oil using yeast.

Distance Learning student wins MBE

Distance Learning student, Kit Wells, has been awarded an MBE for services to education, recognising his work as chairman of the Federation of Gislingham and Palgrave primary schools.

Advertising lesson lost in Super Bowl 2015

Robert Heath from our School of Management writes for The Conversation

Latest Annual Review 2013-14 out now

Our latest Annual Review 2013-14 is now available.

10 West: Project newsletter

The new building is due to open early 2016, providing space for the expansion of the Department of Psychology and a new home for the Institute for Policy Research.

4 East South: Project newsletter

The building, due to open early next year, will create research and teaching space for the
Faculty of Engineering & Design as well as housing a computing energy centre.

Obsessive audits stop charities from doing their job

Ioannis Costas Batlle, a PhD researcher from our Department of Education, writes in The Conversation how the priorities of measurement, transparency, and accountability are diminishing the ability of charities to provide services.

Taster session of SoM Executive Development programme: 27 Feb

Networked Talent Management - in the Edge - Fri 27 Feb

Contemporary dance - Deborah Light HIDE at The Edge: Thu

Buy tickets online or contact the booking office.

Alex Jeffries speaks at Hong Kong Café Scientifique

Dr Alex Jeffries (Biology & Biochemistry) made the most of an opportunity to participate in the British Council’s popular Café Scientifique series on a recent visit to Hong Kong when he shared his research on antibiotics.

New online course examines 21st Century warfare

Our latest MOOC will offer learners the chance to find out more about the realities and complexities of warfare in the 21st Century.

Lessons from Islamic Finance for a Greek debt swap deal

Vasileios Pappas, Lecturer in Finance (School of Management), discusses the options surrounding Greece, its debt and its creditors.

Robin Shields publishes new book on international education

Robin Shields, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Management in our School of Management, has written 'Globalization and International Education'.

I-SEE: Is there a better future for UK agriculture? Tue 17 Feb

Thanos Maroukis' research cited in New York Times

Dr Thanos Maroukis, research collaborator in SPS, comments on the increasing issue of illegal contract nursing in Greece.

Why action by regional governments is central to the international climate change response

Tonight's IPR event will consider the importance of policy action by regions in tackling climate change.

Justin Rogers on leaving foster/ residential care

Justin Rogers (SPS) has written an article for the Conversation titled: 'Leaving care is hard enough without the system favouring those who are fostered'.

Renewable feedstocks: a fantasy or reality? Wed 8 Apr

The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) brings together expert speakers from industry and academia together with researchers at the CSCT to present the latest research into renewable feedstocks.

Russian war planes stoke Western fears amid Ukraine crisis

Professor David Galbreath (PoLIS) was quoted in an article on France 24's website.

Academic featured on 'Colosseum Roman Death Trap'

Mark Wilson Jones (ACE) will be featured on a television programme this evening at 9pm which explores how the ancient Romans built their vast stadia.

SAMBa’s first Integrative Think Tank is great success

An Integrative Think Tank (ITT) is an intensive, week-long event which formulate mathematical problems in collaboration with external partners leading to both short- and long-term collaborative projects.

Bath to be part of £5.1m research consortium to treat lupus

Our University is to be part of a new £5.1 million consortium of universities and industry partners in a project aimed at eliminating the ‘trial and error’ approach to the treatment of lupus.

David Galbreath - Conflict Theme Leadership Fellow

The AHRC & ESRC have jointly announced the appointment of Professor David Galbreath (PoLIS)

Largest ever scholarship scheme

Accounting & Finance students are set to benefit from a scholarship scheme to help fund their studies and support their career, in a new partnership between the School of Management and the global professional services firm EY.

Mum and Dad’s genes battle over baby’s body shape

Scientists from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry have uncovered how genes inherited from your mother and father have opposite effects on growth during early life, the outcome of which can influence the risk of conditions such as obesity and diabetes in adult life.

Students enter the world of FameLab

Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies students Matthew Camilleri and Emma Sackville have made it to the regional heats of FameLab, a competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world.

Graduate Heather Olver takes senior national badminton title

Bath alumna Heather Olver (with Lauren Smith) won the English National women’s doubles title in Crawley earlier this month.

Joanna Bryson on artificial intelligence in The Observer

Our AI expert Dr Joanna Bryson (Computer Science) contributes to an article 'Artificial intelligence: can scientists stop ‘negative’ outcomes?'

First straw eco homes could cut heating bills by 90 per cent

Research from our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering has resulted in the UK’s first affordable straw homes going on sale in Bristol this week.

Prestigious book prize for Dr Marion Harney

Dr Marion Harney, Lecturer in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, has won the prestigious John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2015.

Advancements in healthcare technologies

The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) welcomed participants from industry and academia to its one day student-led symposium which focussed on the latest research in biomaterial engineering, sensing & diagnostics, and the synthesis of biologically interesting molecules.

Ben Bowman discusses youth engagement in politics

PhD student in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies, Ben Bowman talks to BBC Radio Wiltshire on National Voter Registration Day on apathy, abstention and getting young people engaged in poltics.

National Student Money Week 2015: 9-13 Feb

The Student Funding Advice Team are celebrating National Student Money Week, outside the library on Mon & Wed.

Report proposes new ‘sexual violence courts’ for rape trials

The latest IPR Policy Brief challenges a rethink of legal provisions for cases of rape and sexual assault.

Leading US academic takes up key international post for IPR

The IPR has announced the appointment of Professor Greg Duncan as its new International Fellow.

Come & see ICIA's new exhibitions

Come along and see them in our new building - The Edge

Islamic State gore-fest appeals to voyeuristic streak in society

Bill Durodié, Professor of International Relations (Politics, Languages & International Studies) writes for The Conversation.

Science Café - The solution to all your energy worries? Mon

9 February: Is district heat and combined heat and power the solution to all your energy worries? with David Andrews Technologies Development Manager, Finning Power Systems.

Ed Keogh blog: Gender & the body language of pain

Dr Ed Keogh, Deputy Director of the Centre for Pain Research (Psychology) has his research published by the University of South Australia.

Dr Jason Hart - Young people & radicalisation: BBC Radio Bristol

Dr Jason Hart, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, talks about the need to understand young people as individuals and the message society is giving to them.

The future of automotive propulsion

Professor Chris Brace will deliver his inaugural lecture on Thu 12 Feb - all welcome